This past September marked the ten-year anniversary of Arctic Monkeys’ album AM, a standout release that bridged the band’s ardent early rock invigoration with the more artful poise of their subsequent explorations. Among the standouts was the opening “Do I Wanna Know?” — and now, Icelandic artist Inki provides her own re-imagining of the track, embracing a chilly electro-touched emotion alongside her ravishing vocal mystique. A range of sleepy keys and climactic percussive spells, culminating in buzzing synths, make for a dynamic success.
The “I wanna know if this feeling flows both ways,” line marks a particularly engaging sequence, where chilly synths and steady rhythmic power traverse into the “crawling back to you,” hook, where buzzing reflections and eerie organs intertwine for a stylish grip. It often takes a strong, stark re-envisioning of a track to grab my attention — in terms of a cover — and Inki’s version of “Do I Wanna Know?” certainly achieves that.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.
We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.